Women make up only 22 percent of the oil and gas workforce and 14 percent of the industrial mining workforce. This post explores the history of legal restrictions on women’s work and the implications of prohibitions.
While women are disproportionately affected by the extractive sector, government policies, laws, and regulations are often blind to the gender-differentiated impacts of the industry. Gender-disaggregated data can help develop more inclusive regulations and guidelines for the natural resource sector.
Many governments are making positive commitments to gender equity, but in countries where the extractive industries are a significant part of the economy, what do such commitments mean in practical terms and how do they contribute to positive changes in people’s lives and livelihoods? This is the first in a new series of blog posts from the NRGI and World Resources Institute research project on gender and extractives.
Daniel Kaufmann, Erica Westenberg, Rebecca Iwerks, Joseph Williams, Robert Pitman
Major enhancements of the global norms governing transparency in natural resources are afoot. Progress on these issues helps ensure that EITI remains relevant as a global standard for extractives transparency and reflects emerging best practices in implementing countries.
The issue of how to attract and retain young talent—and women especially—is becoming an increasingly serious concern for oil and gas companies. Many younger people do not see the oil and gas sector as attractive.
Women are still highly underrepresented in politics worldwide. However, over the last decades, many African countries have adopted different legal measures aimed to ensure a better gender balance in legislatures. Rwanda, for example, has the highest percentage of women in parliament in the world.
Carole Nakhle, the founder and CEO of Crystol Energy and a new NRGI board member, spoke with NRGI before International Women’s Day about the growth of AccessWIE, “anemic” female participation in the extractives sector, and the roles NRGI can play in addressing gender inequality and women’s empowerment.